Monticello, IN- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boating related accident that occurred on Lake Shafer this morning. At approximately 11:10 am, first responders were dispatched to Lake Shafer for a female who had been struck by a boat prop.


Heather Roan (33) of Chicago was swimming in the Lake along with other family members when the anchor holding the boat in place came loose causing the boat to start drifting into the bank. The operator of the boat told everyone in the water to get onto the tube or climb onto the boat so he could pull away from the bank. As the operator put the boat into reverse, he was unaware Heather was behind the boat in the water. The prop of the boat then struck Heather in the lower back.


Family members were able to get Heather back onto the boat and transport her to a nearby residence where the homeowner then called 911. Heather was transported to White Memorial Hospital where she was then flown via Lifeline to IU Methodist in Indianapolis to be treated for her injuries.


Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor. There are no criminal charges pending at this time.

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